Ape and Essence Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the foundation of modern life to the narrator?

2. Which gravedigger apologizes to Dr. Poole by claiming that burying Dr. Poole was done only for fun?

3. What event resulted in the destruction of a majority of mankind in the screenplay?

4. How do the primitives mark women who have not produced a healthy baby during the season?

5. On what date do the explorer-scientists set out from New Zealand?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Bob Briggs help Rosie?

2. What about Dr. Poole's presence is surprising to Chief?

3. Why is the Chief concerned about the present mating season?

4. Describe the scene, including the chanting, taking place in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the height of the Purification Ceremonies.

5. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

6. Does the Arch Vicar wish for Dr. Poole to join the church? Why or why not?

7. Describe what occurs immediately preceding Dr. Poole's faint at the Purification Ceremonies.

8. How does the poetry of Percy Shelley contribute to the development of romance between Dr. Poole and Loola?

9. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

10. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola. Why are they compatible souls? What aspects of humanity do they share? Why is Loola different from the other primitives? What does Loola have that Miss Ethel Hook does not?

Essay Topic 2

Describe the Hots Community. What are their beliefs? How were they formed? What is their culture like? Why does Dr. Poole wish to flee to this community?

Essay Topic 3

Explain the fictionalized world history put forth by Ape and Essence. How was the majority of mankind destroyed? Why was New Zealand spared? How does fear of war relate to the time period Huxley was writing in?

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